Friday 141003

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Athlete Profile: Megan M.

Hometown: Herndon, VA

PCF: When did you start with PCF?
Summer 2012

PCF: Favorite WOD
Anything with kettlebells and wallballs

PCF: Least Favorite WOD
Anything with overhead squats.

PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
I played DI soccer and lacrosse and stayed very active for awhile after college, playing competitively and coaching. But once I stopped playing at a high level, I was’t sure what to do with myself. I had lost the desire to play team sports, but hadn’t figured out what could replace the void. I’d sign up for races here and there, and was always up for trying new things, be it pilates or yoga, biking or rock-climbing, but overall was having trouble connecting with fitness in the same way I had most of my life. This went on for a good few years. My brother was a member of PCF (1.0) around 2009 and started to talk to me a lot about it and kept telling me I would love it. But I was moving abroad for grad school, so it didn’t make sense to me to join. Once I got settled into grad school, I wound up joining a box in Dublin (Ireland) with few friends from my class. But due to an intense MBA program and a pretty serious injury I sustained while playing tag rugby, I only got in about 3 months and didn’t pick it up again until almost a year and half later when I was settled back here. Even then, I wasn’t a huge regular. It’s only been in the last 6 months that I’ve been able to sort of re-prioritize my schedule and start showing up regularly enough to make gains. I guess you could say I am not your typical Crossfit convert – it’s taken me awhile!

PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
I did my first WOD in Dublin. Before it started, I remember thinking “these Irish girls have never played real sports so I am going to crush them.” Whoops. That’s the 1st and last time I judged/underestimated anyone in crossfit. After it was finished I thought “this is the most awful and awesome I have felt [after working out] since college.” To this day there is nothing like the feeling of a WOD that leaves me lying on the floor.

PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs. Favorite WOD?
Well, due to the inconsistency I touched on above, it’s been hard to justify serious monitoring of my performance (until recently). Over the last 3 months I’ve been focusing on doubleunders and getting off the bands. Now, I can get 2 strict pullups and string together about 10 DU’s. Also, I’ve made some great progress with Toes to Bar (yay!).
But AMRAP pullup WOD’s are tough b/c I want to get off the bands, but then I have to be ok with only posting a few reps, which seems to be contrary to the point of the WOD. I try to work on them in the EMOTM warm up instead.

Fav WOD – anything with kettlebells, wall balls, DB snatches, push press. And I don’t mind burpees. I know, I know, it’s weird. One of the advantages of being lower to the ground ๐Ÿ˜‰

PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments youรขโ‚ฌโ„ขd like to share?
I think that moment is about to happen in a few weeks! I am looking forward to watching a few from the morning classes have to dress up in a silly costume for a WOD in a few weeks as a result of a losing a little side bet we set for the Paleo challenge. Will I have to dress up? TBD. Results are out 10/4/14 so stay tuned!

PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
-Crossfit is no different than anything else: everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Crossfit is a great equalizer. Accept that you are going to have your areas of weaknesses, but don’t give up on trying to improve upon them.

-Celebrate your improvements/gains, no matter how small and no matter how they compare to others. I don’t do that enough and I should!

-coming from an inconsistent crossfitter for the 1st two years, don’t complain to coaches about your performance if you aren’t showing up to put in the work. I’d make great strides for 1-2 months then something would come up and I’d miss 3 weeks at a time. Uggh. I was frustrated, but knew the issue was I just wasn’t being consistent (and I knew better than to complain to Brian!). I just decided I had to be ok with that until I was at a point where I could dedicate more time to improving. Now that I have been able to do that, I am def seeing the improvements, and it feels good!

-Go to the coaches for help. Esp in the beginning. They are great. Ask them to monitor your movements and technique. Tell them what your goals are and have them help you come up with a plan for achieving them. They are such a great resource. But they are not mind readers and I imagine it’s tough to know what everyone needs/wants unless you communicate.

-The PCF Community is also great. If you don’t know a soul when you join, don’t worry about it. If you keeping showing up, one day you will look up and realize you have a whole new group of really cool people as friends ๐Ÿ™‚ And they will make you keep coming back, esp when you don’t want to get out of bed for a 0545 or 0645 class!

PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
Assistant Coach Brogan. He shows up most mornings and greets me with a ton of energy. Plus he has a rock hard body ๐Ÿ˜‰

Warmup: EMOTM 8 Min
3 Hang Squat Snatch
3 Situp to Straddle
Alt: 3 Ring Row Drill/3 Planche Pushup

RX’d Level II Level I
E2MOT2M 10 Minutes:
2 Front Squat
5 HSPU

8 Rounds For Time:
8 Pistol
8 Toes To Bar

E2MOT2M 10 Minutes:
2 Front Squat
5 Box Assisted Pike Pushup

8 Rounds For Time:
8 Assisted Pistol
5 Toes To Bar

E2MOT2M 10 Minutes:
2 Front Squat
5 L-Seated DB Press

8 Rounds For Time:
8 Suitcase Lunge
8 Toes To Wherever

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6 Responses to “Friday 141003”

  1. Summer October 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Someone finally got the “who is the best looking coach” question right!

    Great profile Megan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nick R October 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Awesome profile!

    And wait a second. I was under the impression Brogan passed his level 1 certification.

  3. Megan molloy October 3, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Thx guys! Non crossfit people who have read it have texted me asking “who is this guy Brogan?” >>> hahah!

  4. Natasha October 3, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Great profile Megan!

  5. AlisonPCF October 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Nice profile Meg!

    Gang, our very own Ande is headed to Dallas next week. Something about wanting to pick up ebola…

    Ande is the champion of every single other person at PCF but is last to toot her own horn. This tendency notwithstanding, she has embodied everything that makes this community great from the day she walked through our door.

    Come on down to the show tomorrow night and help me send her off in her best dancing/singalong style. Buy her a shot, too.

    King St Blues
    112 N St Asaph St.
    Alexandria, VA

  6. Nick R October 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    EMOT2M: 25 HSPU / FS @ 225

    Metcon: 5:34 Rx’d